Summer officially arrived on Sunday, and believe it or not – there’s no rain in the forecast. Thank goodness. We can certainly use a break from the downpours! The lake level is coming down, slowly but surely – and should be pretty darn good by the weekend. I noticed boaters finally couldn’t take it anymore. Lots of us HAD to get on the water last weekend, despite a little remaining debris and a little chop. It was nice of the marinas with flooded walkways to shuttle people to their boats in a boat. It’s nice to have marina operators who understand our need for boating. I was starting to have withdrawals!
Somebody told me Sunday (First Day of Summer) was longer than any other day of the year. It wasn’t easy, but I stayed up to test that theory. It’s not true. It was 24 hours long, just like all the others.
I remembered over the weekend why I like Memorial Day and Labor Day better than the 4th of July. Fireworks! Don’t misunderstand me. I appreciate the big Independence Day celebrations on the lake, and I even like the fireworks on the 4th of July – even the 2nd and 3rd. Even the 5th is okay. It’s the bozos that think they have to blow stuff up every night from June 20 to July 20(and beyond) that drive me nuts. At least I don’t have pets. For people with sound sensitive pets (and kids), this is the worst month of the year. I recommend anchoring out on the lake overnight. At least it’s only the bright flashes of light and not the loud booms that keep you awake when you’re far enough from shore.
Spoiler alert. You can tell summer has arrived. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has apparently abandoned the high traffic areas to work the lake roads.
The weekend ahead should be a “working weekend on the water” for all Grand Lakers who will have lots of friends they may have forgotten over the 4th of July holiday weekend. That’s when all your long lost relatives, high school & college buddies and former job colleagues show up to renew acquaintances because you have a lake house and a boat. This weekend is the time to try out all those systems on your boat and make sure everything works. The only thing worse than heading out for a lake and discovering your boat won’t work is doing so with 15 friends and relatives on board.
The newest rage in the world of tattoos is eyeball tattoos. Nope, I’m not making this up. It was all the rage at the International Tattoo Festival in Caracas (yep, there actually is such a thing). Luna Cobra, who invented the technique, advised young people to get good jobs before getting their eyeball tats, “since you’re going to look frightening forever to the majority of people you encounter.” That’s good advice. In fact, I’d say it’s pretty good advice for people to get good jobs before they get any tattoos they can’t cover up “since you’ll look like you’re too stupid to understand the job market forever to the majority of people you encounter!”
The Consumer Products Safety Commission report on emergency room visits has a little summertime buzz-kill for you. Of all the summertime dangers threatening your fun and safety, you probably hadn’t thought of…flip-flops. Yep, the feds say “You can twist, sprain or roll your ankle” in flip-flops. You can even develop muscle problems because of inadequate arch support. You might even end up with “hammer toe” from constantly forcing your toes downward in a “clenched” position to hold your flip-flops on your feet. There – you’re properly warned! (They didn’t mention anything about blowing out your flip-flop or stepping on a pop-top; but you probably already knew about that.)
The Alcoholics Anonymous organization turns 80 years old this year. No toasts, please.
Police in Florida finally captured Damien Young and charged him with first degree murder. After an extensive search, they found him hiding in a refrigerator. Does that make him a “cold blooded” killer?
Monkey Island has the best marketers. I saw a sign in front of Maxson Sales last week that said, “Welcome, driftwood collectors.”
BEST OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: There’s probably an employee named Jake who works at State Farm, who’s had it with people’s jokes.
Another saga of life in the digital age. Is your internet a little slow on your “unlimited data” plan? If you have AT&T, maybe this is why. The FCC has fined AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about “unlimited data.” Apparently, the data was, in fact, unlimited; but AT&T would slow down the speed to virtually unusable levels after consumers reached a certain usage level. Still wondering whether you should get Bolt Fiber service?
BEST FACEBOOK POST THIS WEEK was a photo of newly-announced Presidential candidate Donald Trump with his new slogan: “We shall overcomb!”
CONGRATULATIONS TO GRAND LAKE, named by Bassmaster last week as the #13 “Best Bass Fishing Lake” in America. Other Oklahoma Lakes on the Top 100 list included Hudson (64), Texoma (73), and Lake of the Arbuckles (75). Other regional lakes on the list included Ray Roberts (31), Lake of the Ozarks (32), Bull Shoals (44), and Ouachita (88).
GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Belated happy birthday wishes to my longtime pal Casey Borin who celebrated on Saturday. Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Bill Thune, Lori Szabo, Angella Johnson, Dallas Sorrels, Joe Langley, Jason Benson, Bobbie Owens, John Jameson, Rob Stallings, and Rudy Moritz. Congratulations, too, to Shangri-La Golf Club, featured last Saturday in a 30-minute profile on “Secret Golf with Steve Elkington” on the CBS Sports Network. If you missed it, you can catch it again this Saturday again – 9:00 a.m.
UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: If Cinderella’s slipper fit so perfectly, why did it fall off?
BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Friday at Patricia Island Golf Club, and the Duck Creek Fireworks Spark Plug Dinner is Friday night at Arrowhead Yacht Club – undoubtedly with a little fireworks preview show. Sunday is JR Spanky’s annual float trip, and then…June is gone! The next weekend, believe it or not, is the 4th of July!
GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There is outstanding entertainment available to wrap up the month of June. On Monkey Island, Jim Green entertain at Island Joe’s Friday night, with Diversity taking the stage Saturday night. Sundayafternoon features Randy Lunsford wrapping up the weekend entertainment. Randy Lunsford also entertains Friday & Saturdayevenings at The Shebang – plus, there’s karaoke on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday and Saturday. There’s always great dance music at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze, Road Hog Saloon and Monkey Island Pub.
On South Grand Lake, there will be live music at Pickles at the Lake, as well as Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina. Sharky’s will feature Diversity Friday night, followed by Shari Bales Saturday night.
If you’re in the Grove area, The Rusty Grove Band will be on stage Friday night with South of Vertical taking over the stageSaturday night at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).
Area casinos have great entertainment choices this weekend highlighted by a concert by country legend John Anderson Saturdaynight at the Indoor Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run Casino. At Buffalo Run’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, Paralandra will entertain both Friday and Saturday nights. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Phil McGarrah & Running on Empty will be on stage Friday night, followed by Ole Friends on Saturday night. Howard Gayles will entertain with his solo piano performance in the Lover’s Leap Lounge both Friday and Saturday nights. At Indigo Sky Casino, there is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with The Bobby D Band Thursday night. Ole Friends take the stage on Friday night, with Leah & The MoJo Doctors performingSaturday night! Bordertown Casino & Arena presents the music of Kinsey Sadler Friday night, followed by The Brandon Butler Band Saturday night in the Lost Creek Salon.
If comedy is your thing, Spencer James will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights at the Loony Saloon Comedy Club at The Stables Casino with special guest Brad Ellis.
The best spots to catch major televised sporting events are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina, Road Hog Saloon, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Pickles at the Lake in Langley and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove. Enjoy!
BUM MUST-SEE TV: Under the Dome – two-hour season premier Thursday at 8:00 on CBS. Falling Skies – Season 5 premierSunday at 9:00 on TNT.
BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Love and Mercy and Ted 2
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “When I don’t drink, I still do stupid sh#t. I just remember it better.” – Ron White
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, July 2 – Vinita Fireworks at the high school football field. Friday, July 3 – Monkey Island Fireworks at Grand Lake Regional Airport, Grove Fireworks at Wolf Creek Park, Grand Lake Fireworks at the Disney Spillway, Pryor Fireworks at the high school football stadium. Saturday, July 4 – Duck Creek Fireworks, Miami Fireworks (Riverview Park), Jay Fireworks at J.B. Earp Stadium. Arts, Crafts & Cajun Festival at the Grove Civic Center. Friday-Saturday, July 10-11 – GLOC Shootout (Grove Civic Center Friday night, Sailboat Bridge Saturday for races). Monday, July 13 – Grand Lake Open Golf Tournament at Patricia Island Golf Club (South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce).
There is no more professional basketball or hockey on TV for a few minutes. Both sports have new champions for 2015 and are undoubtedly already preparing for the upcoming season.
On the heels of the U.S. Open Championship, PGA players are in Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship. Coverage on the Golf Channel begins at 2:30 Thursday & Friday, and noon on Saturday & Sunday. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.
Women’s World Cup Soccer competition continues with coverage on Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox, and ESPN.
The NASCAR drivers are back on the track this week in Sonoma for the Toyota Save Mart 350. Sprint Cup coverage is on Fox Sports 1 Sunday at 2:00.
The forecast looks good for the pre-holiday weekend. Get out and enjoy the sunshine, the 90-degree temperatures and NO RAIN. Get out there and have some fun. Remember, though - wherever you choose to party around the lake, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me.
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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area? Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.
American Grill in Grove
Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)
Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)
Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)
Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)
Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice
Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)
Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)
Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)
Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island
Chicken Coop in Langley
Clanton’s Café in Vinita
Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina
Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)
Drake’s Restaurant in Grove
Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)
Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)
Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)
Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)
High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)
Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)
Iron Frog (Grove)
Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)
J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)
Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina
Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)
La Casita de Martin in Grove
Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum
Los Garcias in Langley
Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove
Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)
Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)
Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow
Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove
Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South
Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice
Pickles at the Lake in Langley
Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)
Rancho Viejo in Grove
Riggs & Company in Langley
Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)
Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)
Scooters in Langley (smoking)
Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)
Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora
Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum
Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)
Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)
The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice
The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)
The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)
The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)
The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)
The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)
The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)
Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)
VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)
Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove
Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)
Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)